Children of couple killed in car crash sue Tuscaloosa Co. mechanic

Children of couple killed in car crash sue Tuscaloosa Co. mechanic

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The children of a married couple killed in a fiery car crash are now suing the mechanic shop they believe is responsible for their death.

Bama Salvage is one of the defendants listed in that wrongful death lawsuit.

One of their owners John Thomas said they're not the one to blame for the steering components coming loose leading to that deadly wreck.

"No work was done here we don't employ mechanics," said Thomas.

That's because Bama Salvage only sells car parts, however, does business with mechanic shops located next door, one of them is where the car in question had work done.

"Working with the state troopers, they informed us there had recently been some mechanic work.

Two hard working people lost their lives on the way home from work," said Attorney Josh Hayes.

Josh Hayes represents Edith Cortes the oldest daughter of the couple killed in that head-on collision crash on Highway 69.

"Cars are 2,000-pound missiles that can do ultimate damage, that's what happened in this case and these people should be alive," said Hayes.

The lawsuit states ALEA traffic homicide investigators found evidence that shows that the defendants in the case did work on the car 2 weeks before it malfunctioned and then tried to hide it.

"The driver was fighting the steering wheel trying to keep it on the road and you'll see from the documents that one tire was going straight and the other was going to the left," said Hayes.

Thomas explains the mechanic named in the lawsuit for completing the work on the couple's car, might have been mistaken for an employee of their own but isn't.

"I'd like to get our name cleared on it because we've been in this business for 10 years and never had any issues," said Thomas.

Whoever is responsible, the family's attorney said they want to send a clear message that mechanics working on cars need to do it correctly.

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